If you follow along with me on Facebook or Instagram, you know I’ve been a little obsessed with the new-to-me idea/concept of hygge. I have been reading everything I can get my hands on about hygge and I’m excited to share with you what I’ve learned so far.
We live in a hustle and bustle world where we try to do too many things at once and our to-do lists look like novels. We rush, rush, rush until we can’t give anymore and we collapse into our beds at the end of the day, exhausted, worn out, dissatisfied, unhappy and feeling like we have somehow failed because our mile long to-do list hardly got touched, even though we ran the whole day long. Anyone with me? *raises hand*
Let’s take a moment. No, more than just a moment. Let’s take an actual break.
Set down the phone or step away from the computer. (ok, *after* you finish reading) 😉
Brew yourself a fresh cup of coffee (or a hot cup of tea, if that’s your thing) and let’s chat about Hygge.
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What is Hygge?
Hygge (pronounced “hue-gah”) is a Danish word that translates as a feeling or mood that comes when you take genuine pleasure in making ordinary, everyday moments more meaningful; more beautiful. It’s about coziness and finding joy in the simple things in life. At the core of hygge is a craving for simplicity and an urge to pare everything back to basics. In talking to my friends and family, I’ve come to believe that hygge is something we all need more of. Simplicity. Paring back. Less screens; more face to face. Slowing down. Savoring the little things. Being present.
How to Bring in a Little Hygge
Here are five of the easiest ways I’ve found to add hygge.
Candlelight – and plenty of it.
As I mentioned here (before I had ever heard of hygge), candlelight is so soothing and comforting. As a matter of fact, I’ve got one flickering next to me as I write now. You don’t have to spend a fortune on candles. Not at all! Gather up some cute small glass jars and containers and get a huge pack of tealights and you’ll have candlelight enough to spread all over your home and they’ll last you a long time. I have a few of these, too, but they’re a little bit more of an investment. However, I love that they have a timer feature so you can set them to automatically turn on as dusk falls.
Cozy throws and pillows
When the days are cold and grey, the comfort of a soft, warm throw and cushy pillows are the perfect invitation to snuggle in and get comfy. Whether you choose to get cozy solo or gather your family around you for silly stories and laughter, be sure there is enough comfy goodness for everyone. In our living room, we have at least five different throws available at all times in the winter months. Some are hanging neatly on the blanket ladder we made waiting to be used, and some are purposefully left draped over the sides of our sofas for impromptu snuggling. My favorites are the faux fur throws. The weight of them is absolutely delightful and totally hyggeligt.
Hot drinks to sip and share
At first glance, hygge appears to be a solo endeavor, but that’s not the case at all (unless you *want* it to be). 😉 During the cold winter months, it’s even more important to make an effort to get together with friends. Keep it casual; keep it laid back. Maybe hosting a simple dinner of soup and bread sounds good to you. Or perhaps keeping it even simpler, with a soul soothing offering of piping hot water for tea, or a fresh pot of coffee or hot cocoa is more your speed. Whatever suits you and makes you want to invite a couple friends over for hot drinks, do it! Enjoy a hygge night!
S l o w d o w n
When’s the last time you really tasted your food? Or were fully present in a moment (not distracted by the latest notification on your phone)? Or really looked into someone’s eyes and listened? When’s the last time you turned OFF your phone for an undisturbed night at home? Or the last time you sat with a hot cuppa in your hand and just. sat. and gave yourself time and space to just be. and think.
I admit, I need to hear this as much as anyone. Hygge is so much about slowing down. Noticing and enjoying the little things. The warmth of a fire. The flicker of a candle. The velvety smoothness of your favorite throw. The simple ritual (and seeming mundane task) of prepping veggies for dinner. The laughter of your children (who sometimes drive you crazy). 😀
The *little* things. If we pay attention to the seasons, Winter is by far the most hyggeligt of them all. God causes Nature to even slow down and rest more in Winter. That’s not by accident. Let’s follow suit.
Now stick with me. I know this sounds like the not-fun part. But it can make a world of difference. I’m in the middle of doing this very thing. Again.
It’s an ongoing process, I’m finding out. To quote Signe Johansen in her fabulous book, “Underpinning hygge is a craving for simplicity, an urge to pare everything back to basics.”
Now, I’m not saying go all “Marie Kondo” on every item you own (this is about keeping things simple, after all), but I am saying – if you don’t *love* it and you don’t *use* it, then why have it? It takes up valuable space and clutter is a sure-fire way to become overwhelmed and stressed out in your home. And no one wants that. Less really is more.
I hope these 5 simple tips to bring more hygge into your home are helpful and I’d very much love to hear how you create “cozy” in your home!